I’ll take any Bones scoop you have! — Ben
ADAM: Although man-of-faith Booth seeks out his former priest Aldo for guidance about how to proceed with Brennan after his lie about the engagement, it’s what the padre tells Brennan that ends up making all the difference in repairing that relationship. And even though Aldo’s religious beliefs are now more in line with those of woman-of-science Brennan, look for Bones to take a leap of faith. And speaking of Booth’s old friends: Freddie Prinze Jr.’s CIA agent doesn’t get much to do in the premiere, but he does make Booth an enticing offer that he’ll likely wrestle with all season long.
Did you get any Calzona scoop when you were on the Grey’s Anatomy set? — Janna
NATALIE: Callie will find comfort in what longtime fans would consider surprising places as she turns to fellow board members Meredith and Cristina. “They have more things in common than they used to, specifically Meredith and Callie, now they’re both mothers, so on that level, Meredith feels for Callie and what she’s going through,” Sara Ramirez says. “There is a moment where Callie confides in Meredith early on. Cristina and Meredith are two people that Callie is close to during this and interestingly enough, feels betrayed by one of them at one point.” Ruh-roh.
I know you’ve seen the Castle premiere, so spill! — Hannah
ADAM: The season tends to some necessary housekeeping regarding Beckett’s two decisions right out of the gate, but after that the show wastes no time ratcheting up the action. In fact, before the premiere is over, one major character gets shot and another is in mortal peril. Although one of those scenarios is a fake-out, the other is alarmingly real.
Any scoop on Stefan and Elena on Vampire Diaries? I’m still holding out hope for them! — Kendrick
NATALIE: I guess it’s a good thing that my colleague Robyn Ross was on set this week to ask Nina Dobrev that question! She says that Elena’s connection to Stefan will clue her in to the fact that something is not right with him (aka he’s drowning at the bottom of the river.) “She has this weird feeling something is going on. It’s this cosmic connection you have with someone that you’ve spent so much time with and I don’t know if that will go away,” Dobrev says. “She knows she’s in love with Damon, but she still cares for Stefan and wants to make sure he’s OK … and when she finds out what he’s been through, it’s not easy for her.”
How will Hank return on Parenthood? — Karen
ADAM: It’s still unclear what turns Hank and Sarah’s relationship will take this upcoming season, but look for Hank to bond with Max and encourage the young Braverman’s growing interest in photography. Unfortunately, Max gets a bit overzealous taking pictures for the school yearbook, which may land him, and subsequently Adam and Kristina, in hot water with the principal.
Anything you can reveal about Once Upon a Time with the premiere getting closer each day? — Steph, via Twitter
NATALIE: Emma will take a surprising leadership role when the ragtag group of friends and foes heads to Neverland. “She’s surrounded by people who have been at each other’s throats for different reasons and are continuing to be,” Jennifer Morrison says. “But we are not going to be able to save Henry unless we all come together, so she has to be the voice of reason to overcome those differences. It’s going to leave room for new alliances that we don’t expect and also new conflicts.”
Any scoop on the new season of Chicago Fire? — Jeremy
ADAM: Get ready to meet a new woman in Severide’s life! And no, we’re not talking about a new love interest. Instead, Severide suspects this woman, a 19-year-old named Katie, is his father’s mistress. So he’ll certainly be surprised when he learns that Katie is actually … Benny’s daughter and Severide’s sister!
Do you have any scoop on Parks and Recreation? —Lance
NATALIE: Before Rashida Jones leaves Parks, Ann will be pregnant. “Yes. I’m definitely going to grow on the show,” Jones tells me, noting that with Diane also pregnant, it may be a “race to the pregnancy finish line.” More good news? Jones says that there’s a good chance that she’ll return to the NBC comedy after her mid-season exit. “Ann is not going to be far and Rashida’s not going to be far,” she says. “Ann loves Leslie too much and Rashida loves Parks and Amy too much.”
What can you tell me about Adam Pally’s character on The Mindy Project? — Kris
ADAM: Pally’s character, Peter, will quickly make himself a part of the team at Mindy’s practice — maybe a little too quickly. When Jeremy’s boisterous father, Alfred, comes to visit, he and Peter hit it off — so much so that Alfred invites Peter to dinner, much to Jeremy’s chagrin. But while Alfred and Peter click, Alfred spends most of his time criticizing Jeremy. Let’s just say that Jeremy might consider a trip to the gym after this visit.
What can you tell us about Sherlock’s reunion with his brother Mycroft on Elementary? — Derek
NATALIE: It won’t be pleasant, especially when Joan and Mycroft (Rhys Ifans) decide to exchange notes on Sherlock. “Sherlock is expecting to go to London and never even mention to his brother that he’s there,” executive producer Rob Doherty says. “Sherlock has to confess to Joan that he has a brother. It’s news to her. We find out there’s some bad blood between the Holmes boys and they have not spoken in several years.”
Got any teases about the new season of Boardwalk Empire? — Kyle
ADAM: Don’t expect another Gyp Rosetti to challenge Nucky. In fact, Nucky’s new rival, Jeffrey Wright’s Dr. Valentin Narcisse, is much more intellectual and patient than the hot-headed Gyp. (Narcisse, however, will prove to be just as deadly.) But perhaps the real threat to Nucky is Warren Knox (Brian Geraghty), a rookie agent at the newly formed Bureau of Investigation who’s trying to make his name by linking Nucky to other gangsters across the country. He’ll do so by turning one of Nucky’s closest allies against him — with disastrous, heartbreaking results.
I’m still rooting for Oliver and Laurel on Arrow. — Kim
NATALIE: Eagle-eyed viewers may have spotted the duo kissing in the Comic-Con trailer, which executive producer Marc Guggenheim reveals will happen at Tommy’s grave site. (Ouch!) “They are in love with each other and they will probably always be in love with each other and that has to influence every moment that these two characters share for the life of the series,” he says. Still, there is good news for Olicity fans: “The relationship between Oliver and Felicity over the course of Season 2 will evolve and deepen,” he hints.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: If you’re not watching American Ninja Warrior, you’re missing out on one of the most high-flying, exciting and surprisingly heartwarming competitions on TV right now. It’s a shame that Flip Rodriguez went out this week, but Brent Steffensen could legit become the first American Ninja Warrior. It’s history in the making!
Adam’s Mini Rant: I’m dumbfounded by the decision to have Randy Jackson replace (actually useful) Jimmy Iovine as American Idol‘s in-house mentor. Is he Fox’s Jay Leno?
NATALIE: Though Cristina and Owen have broken up, Kevin McKidd says that they’ll still be linked. “I’ve been assured by the writers that what happens with them as far as their relationship status, they’re always going to be connected emotionally,” McKidd says. “So even if they’re not a couple, they’ll always be, in a way, a spiritual couple… and I’ll still get to work with her.” Still, McKidd hopes that Owen will take steps toward his own happiness. “He has put his own needs on the back burner,” he says. “I want him to pursue it to see what happens, but the sad fact is that if he gets what he wants, he’ll lose the person he loves, so it’s a real catch-22.”
Anything good about The Mentalist, preferably about Jane and Lisbon? — Lexi, via Twitter
ADAM: With the show wrapping up the Red John story line this season, creator Bruno Heller hints that the unresolved sexual tension between the core duo will perhaps move to the fore. “I think they absolutely love each other,” he says. “Have they ever laid there at night and thought about the other one and what that would be like to be a romantic couple? Of course they have, and that’s exactly what they’re going to continue feeling and thinking.” Then again, catching Red John might change those feelings altogether. “They care so much about each other, [but] with the stakes being ratcheted up by Red John being ever-present, it’s a pressure-cooker situation,” Simon Baker says. “They have to lean on each other more, but it’s also going to be easy for them to blow each other’s fuse.”
Got any new info about Nashville? — Janice
ADAM: Sounds like Rayna is going to be going through several men in the wake of her falling out with Deacon. We hear that the show is casting a recurring love interest who, like his label-mate Rayna, is a super-successful mega-star. Although Rayna is initially attracted to his humility and warmth toward his fans, it don’t impress her much when he offers her some pretty sexist career advice.
What’s going to happen to Henry on Once Upon a Time? — Melanie
NATALIE: Though the Charmings and their foes are working together to rescue Henry, the real question you may want to ask yourself is what happens to Henry if and when they do save him? Does he go home with Emma, Snow and Charming? Or does the Evil Queen have other ideas about his future? First, though, they’ll have to figure out why Peter Pan even wants Henry. “In the first few episodes, you’re going to start realizing what he wants Henry for, but like any good mystery, you won’t know the whole picture until you watch the whole 11 episodes,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says.
I know it’s early, but do you have any scoop on True Blood? — Brandon
NATALIE: Just because the show jumped ahead six months in the finale, don’t expect to see Sam’s hybrid baby in the flesh next season. Executive producer Brian Buckner explains: “Our 10 episodes [usually] take place over the course of two weeks,” which, even on TV, isn’t enough time to hatch a hybrid. But he stresses that if this is deemed to be the final season, things may unfold a little more rapidly.
Any Vampire Diaries scoop on Damon and Elena? — Kayla
ADAM: For once they’ll be happy. But their bliss will be foiled — yet again! — by Katherine, who’ll be back to meddle in everyone’s lives. Although Damon says that he’s over her, what will Elena — who’s now off at college — think when she learns that Damon and Katherine have been bunking together at Chez Salvatore all summer long?
The Big Bang Theory scoop, please! — Jared
NATALIE: When Amy and Bernadette head to a work conference, they’ll be surprised when, even without Penny in tow, men are still hitting on them! “It’s supposed to be Bernadette and Amy talking shop, but they end up talking boys,” Mayim Bialik teases. Too bad they’re both taken!
Anything else you can tell us about Danny’s relationship with Gabrielle on Hawaii Five-0? — Christine
ADAM: Well, Melanie Griffith is coming to town, and I couldn’t imagine Danno’s mother not having an opinion on who her son is dating. But the couple will have bigger challenges than a nosy parent. Although executive producer Peter Lenkov previously teased that Danny’s daughter Grace could come between the pair, I’m hearing that Gabby will also be forced to choose between Danny and a job.
Any scoop on The Originals? — Sandy
NATALIE: Haley better watch her back! Executive producer Julie Plec tells us that she may not stand a chance once that baby is born. “One of the first things Rebekah says to Haley is that Klaus is the kind of guy who puts his family members in a box, so probably when you give birth you’ll end up in one of your own,” Plec says. Good thing witch Sophie has a trick up her sleeve to keep Haley safe — for now.
I can’t believe that Amber and Ryan might be getting married on Parenthood! How soon could they tie the knot? — Linda
ADAM: Things will get very complicated for Amber and Ryan when three things happen: 1) Sarah reveals just how she really feels about her daughter’s impending nuptials; 2) Sarah hires Ryan to work as a plumber in the apartment building where she is now the superintendent; and 3) Kristina’s opponent in the mayoral race turns out to be… Bob Little, Amber’s ill-fated fling from Season 3.
Is there anything you can tell us about Samantha Jones (Lindsey Gort) on The Carrie Diaries? — Emily
NATALIE: “She is Donna LaDonna’s cousin,” executive producer Amy B. Harris teases. Carrie and Samantha “have chemistry, but they’re very different. Carrie’s spent a lot of time nurturing friends, worrying about her sister and her dad, and Samantha comes in with a lot less worries about consequences and helps her open her eyes to letting go of that a little bit.” Looks like Samantha will finally be putting the sex in the Sex and the City prequel.
I’m loving The Bridge. But the guy they arrested last week can’t be the killer, can he? — Teddy
ADAM: Although the current suspect is plenty crazy, yes, he’s ultimately a red herring. However, on Wednesday’s episode, Sonya closes in on a new suspect who has ties to several of the victims. Even more shocking — and potentially deadly — is the connection Sonya’s new target has to… Marco.
Adam’s Mega Rave: Am I the only one who thinks that Jane Fonda should play Leona high in all her scenes on The Newsroom?
Natalie’s Mini Rant: We get it, Miley Cyrus; you’re all growed up! Welcome to all the fun, new activities that all adults enjoy — say, humping a foam finger.
When will Marshall tell Lily about his judgeship on How I Met Your Mother? Please don’t tell me it’ll take the whole wedding weekend/season. — Mary
ADAM: Marshall’s secret will be part of the “dirty laundry” that executive producer Carter Bays promises will “come exploding out” during the wedding weekend like last year’s meatball sub. But naturally, it won’t be Marshall who spills the beans.
I can’t believe Dexter‘s almost over! What’s coming up? — Teri
NATALIE: The Brain Surgeon’s identity will be revealed very soon, but like Trinity, he’ll stay one step ahead of Dexter for a while. In the meantime, Zach may not be the only person close to Dexter that will fall victim to the Brain Surgeon. With our favorite serial killer contemplating settling down with Hannah, we’re actually worried about her — who knew?!
Counting down the days until the Castle premiere! Everyone’s talking about Beckett’s reaction to the proposal, but what’s Castle feeling? — Cindy
ADAM: Creator Andrew W. Marlowe says that those fans questioning the intent behind Castle’s proposal should probably rethink things. (In other words, he didn’t just pop the question to get her to stay in New York.) “He asked his question out of emotion and passion and the circumstances of the moment,” Marlowe says. “He was challenged to think about what he really wanted in life. His preferred version is that he has this woman in his life.” But does this mean the twice-married Castle is truly matured to a place of being able to make a marriage work? “I think he very much likes to think that is the case,” Marlowe says. “But he is who he is…” Why does there always have to be a “but”?
So excited about JoAnna Garcia as Ariel on Once Upon a Time. Do you have any scoop? — Nina
NATALIE: As the producers previously teased, Ariel has ties to a character we already know. “She’s somebody who wants to see the world,” executive producer Edward Kitsis says. “That spirit will run in her DNA still, but we’ll meet her in a surprising way.” We hear that will take place in Neverland, where other mermaids may not be so nice. But the good news is that we’ll also likely meet Prince Eric!
I need more NCIS: Los Angeles scoop. How will Kensi and Deeks’ kiss affect the two of them in the premiere? — Becky
ADAM: Kensi will certainly find it hard to focus on the task at hand. “He fired something up in her,” executive producer Shane Brennan says with a laugh. Of course, it doesn’t help that the task is rescuing Deeks from Sidorov. “It’s not just her partner she’s saving; it’s this guy she might have a future with!” Daniela Ruah says. But once Deeks is safe and sound, the couple will have lots to discuss — which might not be a good thing. “There are changes in these relationships because of these catastrophic events,” Eric Christian Olsen hints. “Kensi and Deeks have one of the most heartbreaking scenes we’ve ever seen them do. It’s one of the few times that Deeks is able to… says exactly what he means.”
Got any scoop on New Girl? — Jackie
NATALIE: While Jess and Nick are navigating their new relationship, and Schmidt’s apparently juggling two women, Winston will once again find himself single — but we will find out what happened to Daisy (Brenda Song) in the second episode back. “We get to see how that relationship ended,” executive producer Liz Meriwether says. Word is that Winston wanted to make it exclusive, while Daisy did not. Sad face.
Got any other teases about the new season of CSI? — Jacob
ADAM: We already teased that this will be a tough season for D.B. Russell professionally, but things aren’t looking much better for him at home when Peri Gilpin reprises her role as Russell’s wife Barbara. “Barbara never wanted to be in Las Vegas; Seattle really is her home,” executive producer Don McGill says. “We’ve always suggested that Russell came to Vegas as a Phil Jackson-like, short-term coach putting the team back together. … But Barbara will pose a question to Russell that is a bit of a ‘put up or shut up’ moment in terms of whether they will continue their lives together in Las Vegas. The purpose for Barbara to stay in Las Vegas may no longer be there.”
How long will Leonard be gone on The Big Bang Theory? — Marcus
NATALIE: When the show returns, Leonard will still be on the ship, which he’s enjoying far more than Penny would like. He partakes of a cocktail or seven with the ladies on board. He even falls overboard when a Titanic reenactment goes awry. Good times. But his cruise on the Love Boat will be short-lived; he’ll be back in Pasadena by the second episode.
Is Rachel actually going to Stanford on Suits? — Neil
ADAM: Well, she has to get in first, right? But it sounds like she will. “That’s going to take a little bit, as law schools do. She is going to keep pursuing this and it will build through the fall [episodes],” executive producer Aaron Korsh tells us. “We have decided what she will do and we will answer that before the season is over. That won’t be [a cliff-hanger].”
Will Jasika Nicole return to Scandal this season? —Tammy
NATALIE: Executive producer Shonda Rhimes agrees with our assessment that Huck deserves something nice and shiny at the end of the rainbow, like a reunion with his wife Kim. But not yet. “It remains to be seen whether he is healthy enough for that to be a thing,” she says.
The Newsroom is getting really good. How long before MacKenzie finds out that Jerry edited the Genoa footage? — Valerie
ADAM: MacKenzie will learn of Jerry’s duplicity sooner rather than later, but that doesn’t mean it will help ACN at all in the ongoing wrongful-termination lawsuit. In fact, evidence piles up so quickly against the News Night team that Sunday’s episode features not one, but several resignations.
Do you have any scoop on the Suicide Squad on Arrow? —Sam
NATALIE: Executive producer Marc Guggenheim teases that the first five episodes of Season 2 make the case that there are both heroes and villains coming into Starling City as a direct result of what The Arrow did in Season 1. Among the villains are the previously announced Bronze Tiger, who will team up with Deadshot, the leader of the Suicide Squad in the world of Arrow — and there could be others down the line. But never fear, help is on the way: “We’ll be seeing more of A.R.G.U.S. this season,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg adds.
Adam’s Mega Rave: If the first two nail-biting episodes of Breaking Bad are any indication, when this show ends, I will be The One Who Sobs.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Is anyone else sorely disappointed in the lackluster final season of Dexter?
Walt looks pretty sickly in the Breaking Bad flash-forward. Will we get more of those scenes in the final episodes? — Tom
ADAM: Probably not many. “Look to last year for the shape of [the season],” creator Vince Gilligan says. (Season 5 opened with a flash-forward, but didn’t return to it again until Sunday’s premiere.) However, as noted by Walt’s return to chemotherapy, his health is of supreme interest to Gilligan & Co. “I don’t know if lung cancer is ever cured,” Gilligan says coyly. “It’s a very insidious thing and you never know when it’s going to rear its ugly head. We always kept that in mind and we want to pay off that initial story engine.”
Will Abby and David get back together on Scandal this season? — Jones
NATALIE: Things are definitely not over between Abby and David. “They’re slowly circling each other and sniffing each other to see who’s going to make the first move,” Darby Stanchfield tells us. “Someone may stick their toe in the water, but those two never seem to be on the same page.” In the meantime, expect to finally learn more about Abby’s backstory this season. “They’re going to handle it differently than I thought they were, but we get to it right away,” she adds. “It already is completely unpredictable and it’s not just one thing, it explodes into a bunch of other scandals.”
Is Ziva’s goodbye on NCIS going to be all about Tony, or will she say individual farewells to all her colleagues? — Nancy
ADAM: Executive producer Gary Glasberg says that, given the structure of Ziva’s send-off — Tony tries to bring her back to the team — every character may not get a final bit of face time. “I wanted to have as many moments as I could, but my main concern was for Tony and Ziva to have the time they deserved,” he says. “This is something that’s going to linger with him.” (Bonus exclusive casting scoop! Picket Fences vet Costas Mandylor will play a key role in the two-part premiere, as a businessman dedicated to fighting terrorism.)
Any Vampire Diaries scoop on Stefan/Silas? — Andrew
NATALIE: As we previously spilled, it won’t be long before the group figures out that Stefan isn’t really Stefan. But before that, get ready to witness the most awkward reunion ever when the Salvatores literally hug it out after their summer apart. You’d think that a hug from Stefan would be Damon’s first clue that something is up!
Got any Bones scoop that isn’t related to Booth and Brennan getting married? — Noni
ADAM: After becoming Pelant’s target in last season’s finale, look for Sweets to take stock of where he is in his professional life. “Sweets is asking himself, ‘What kind of psychiatrist is he?'” creator Hart Hanson teases. “Should he help individuals, or is he someone who, like our plucky team, helps society as a whole by catching bad guys? He misses helping people, and he really wants to get hands-on. So, we’re going to put him through that.”
What’s happening with Tina Majorino on Grey’s Anatomy? — Brittany
NATALIE: There’s good news and bad news for Mousy fans: Since Season 10 picks up right where we left off, she’ll pop up in the premiere, but she won’t be around for long. Majorino will be moving on to TNT’s Legends, so we’ll find out how she’ll be leaving Grey Sloan right away.
Any teases about the new season of Person of Interest? Will Reese and Finch still be working together now that the Machine is out of their control? — Ben L.
ADAM: Yes. “The Machine is now in charge of itself, but it still has an almost familial obligation to Finch,” executive producer Jonathan Nolan tells us. “It’s still honoring the terms of the relationship that Finch built into it.” But Finch will definitely not be calling the shots. “It’s a growing organism that is evolving, perhaps beyond the scale of his understanding,” says executive producer Greg Plageman. Adds Nolan: “A lot of people had plans for the Machine the past two seasons. This season, the question is: What are the machine’s plans for us?”
Do you have any scoop on Coach’s return to New Girl? — Sarah
NATALIE: Yeah, what happened to Coach (Happy Endings‘ Damon Wayans Jr.) after he moved to Santa Monica? “[Coach] comes back into the picture at a time when the roommates are at odds with each other,” executive producer Liz Meriwether tells us. “The guys are all fighting for his friendship.” Well, most of the guys. “We’re playing with [Winston] being really insecure about it and that he’s really intimidated by Coach and having to learn to standup to Coach,” she says.
Is Scarlett going to accept Gunnar’s proposal on Nashville? I love them together! — Annie
ADAM: I wouldn’t put money on it. “I don’t think he’ll be instantly a happy chappy when the show returns,” Sam Palladio tells us. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the relationship is dead. “He’s growing and that’s reflected in some of the music he writes and some other cool relationships that develop,” Palladio says. “We see a new guy.”
Can you share anything on Arrow? — Martin
NATALIE: If Oliver’s journey is about becoming a hero, Moira’s is about seeking redemption. Unfortunately, her trial will be trouble for Oliver. “This season Laurel is going to be joining the District Attorney’s office, so she might have dealings with [the trial],” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg tells me. “Part of it is that she’s trying to stay out of it as much as she can, but as always with these things, bad stuff happens.”
Homeland is too far away. Any more teases? — Raj
ADAM: Last season, Quinn appeared to be quite the company man, but not anymore. Not only will he question his mission in a startling act of defiance, he’ll also be one of the only people who sticks up for Carrie (Too bad she isn’t all that receptive to his concern…)
Is there a chance that Natalie Dormer could return to Elementary? — Clark
NATALIE: Yes, but don’t expect Irene Adler to pop up in the first half of the new season, which picks up months after the events of the finale. “Is Sherlock completely over everything that happened? No, but he tends to internalize and compartmentalize everything,” executive producer Rob Doherty says, noting that when she does return, it won’t be as a villain — or at least not the villain of Season 2.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: I’m late to board the Orange Is the New Black bandwagon, but I’m now completely obsessed and readying my Piper Chapman Halloween costume. (Orange jumpsuit, jacked haircut, sense of entitlement.) Also: I’m #TeamAlex.
How will Callie and Arizona deal with Arizona’s infidelity when Grey’s Anatomy returns? —Jane
NATALIE: Season 10 picks up right where we left off: with Callie and Arizona in a very bad place. “[Callie is] reeling, so there’s a lot of reactive emotional outbursts and acting out. She doesn’t hide it from the hospital how she feels,” Sara Ramirez says. “They wind up in the same place they were at in the beginning of the season. There’s the extra element of infidelity, but they’re back in the darkness of it and they’re shining a light on it.”
I’d love some Bones scoop. Do you have any idea when the wedding will actually happen? — Jessica
ADAM: I can certainly tell you when it won’t happen. “We’re moving fast this year. We’re not going to tease that out another entire season,” creator Hart Hanson tells us. “I think people assume that it would be a season-ender, but we try not to live up to people’s assumptions.” But given the wounds that need to be healed, don’t necessarily expect it to happen too soon. In fact, when Brennan turns to her colleagues for advice about her relationship, a returning Daisy suggests that Brennan should move on. Fortunately, she doesn’t listen to her. “These are two people who love each other,” Hanson says. “At the end of the first episode, it’s less divisive. There’s hope.”
Got any scoop on New Girl? — Sarah
NATALIE: Emily Deschanel is coming to New Girl! OK, not really, but wouldn’t it be awesome if Zooey’s real-life sibling played Jess’ sister? It’s possible! We’ll meet that character later this year, according to executive producer Liz Meriwether, and boy, is she trouble! “I have a feeling that Emily has a pretty busy schedule with Bones, [but] I’m excited to cast the sister; I think it’ll be really fun.” Send your casting suggestions below!
Any new spoilers on NCIS: Los Angeles? — Marc
ADAM: Executive producer (and hyperbolic quote-giver) Shane Brennan insists that the conclusion of last year’s cliff-hanger in the Season 5 premiere “will have the greatest consequence of any story we’ve told.” So what does that mean exactly? Although it’s safe to assume that Sam and Deeks will escape torture, their emotional scars won’t heal instantly. In fact, the post-traumatic stress will be too much for somebody to bear. “This season, someone will leave the team,” Brennan reports. Guesses?
Do you have more details on Regina’s love interest on Once Upon a Time? — Micah
NATALIE: We’ll meet her love interest very early on in the season, which presumably means that he or she hails from Neverland. “It’s a side of the character of Regina we’ve only touched upon in the first two seasons,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “We’re excited to see more of that and more importantly to explore her capacity for love.”
Do you have any scoop on the final season of How I Met Your Mother? — Evan
ADAM: The third episode, “The Broken Code,” will address Ted’s reawakened feelings for Robin after their moment in the rain. But don’t get excited. “Ultimately, this is the story of Ted letting go of the wrong girl so he can be with the right girl,” executive producer Carter Bays says. (Well, duh.) “There’s a few secrets floating out there that we know of and there may be more that we don’t know of. The fun thing about a wedding is that it’s just not the time or place to air your dirty laundry. And yet there’s a lot of dirty laundry, and it’s about to come exploding out.”
So excited that Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson are playing mother and daughter on American Horror Story: Coven! — Rachel
NATALIE: “Who doesn’t want to be Jessica Lange’s daughter?” jokes Paulson, who also played Laura Wingfield to Lange’s Amanda in Broadway’s Glass Menagerie. Unfortunately, this mother-daughter relationship is fraught with contention. “Our characters are very different kind of women and that’s where the conflict comes, but I’m her child, so there’s some question as to why I’m different,” she says. And just wait until you meet Lange’s new character Fiona. “She’s not Constance from Season 1, actually,” executive producer Tim Minear says. “She’s much, much worse.”
Got any Castle scoop that doesn’t involve the proposal? What about Ryan’s impending fatherhood? — Gina
ADAM: The prospect of becoming a daddy will definitely affect Ryan’s work this season. “You’re going to see a lot of choices that Ryan is going to make [about] how he feels about being a cop at this point,” Seamus Dever tells us. “We’re going to see him be a little uncomfortable with being in the line of fire and being in danger’s way. It’s also going to affect his relationship with Esposito.” Does this mean that the bromance could be over? “They’re no longer single dudes,” Dever says. “Ryan is like, ‘I have to go home and see the wife. That’s the way it is.'”
Any scoop on Revenge? — Harold
NATALIE: Get ready for people to switch teams! After losing Emily to Daniel, Aiden seeks other allies. “That’s what’s interesting about Aiden this year; he’s sleeping with the enemy a little bit!” Barry Sloane spilled to us. So who is he working with? “I’ve been working a lot with Madeleine [Stowe],” he teases. Ruh-roh.
Any new hints you can give us about the new season of Hawaii Five-0? — Whitney
ADAM: Although executive producer Peter Lenkov hints that we won’t see Mama McGarrett in the early part of the season, he insists that we will get answers regarding her mysterious past with Wo Fat. Doris’ absence also won’t stop us from meeting more McGarretts: Recently announced guest star Carol Burnett will play McGarrett’s aunt, who comes to Oahu with a secret plan to reunite the entire clan for Thanksgiving. As for the rest of Five-0 family, Danny’s relationship with Autumn Reeser’s Gabrielle may once again be over before it starts. “I can tell you that their relationship will hit a bump,” Lenkov says. “And in a way, Danny’s daughter Grace will be that bump.”
Thanks for the Scandal scoop. What else can you tease? — Jessie
NATALIE: While Olivia and her associates are dealing with the fallout of Mistress-gate, a flashback within the first two episodes will likely shed light on those illicit, pre-election days, Darby Stanchfield says. “We find out answers to things we thought we already knew, but they’re totally not like you think,” she says.
I’d love some spoilers for the CSI premiere. — Shawn
ADAM: You might want to grab some hankies. Although this year’s first episode once again deals with the team searching for a kidnapped loved one, executive producer Don McGill warns fans to prepare for a less rosy outcome than a year ago. “A person close to the CSI family will die,” he reports. “The first image of the premiere is a memorial service. If fans look closely, they will notice some faces missing. So the question is: Who’s in the casket?” Although McGill says that everyone on the team is touched by the loss, look for D.B. Russell to take it particularly hard. “He’s in crisis by the end; he feels responsible,” McGill says. “The decisions he made, he really will have to pay for. We’ll see as the season progresses that there may be some questioning of his purpose.”
How will Leslie Knope deal with Ann leaving on Parks and Recreation? — Jonah
NATALIE: Not well! “It doesn’t take long for the news to get to Leslie,” executive producer Mike Schur says. “When Ann makes the decision, the first thing she does is tell Leslie because she knows it’s going to be a thing. Leslie is in the middle of trying to manage a very large thing and she basically spirals super-hard and ends up taking out her feelings — instead of talking to Ann about the issue — on a bunch of people for no good reason.”
What can you tell me about the upcoming season of Sons of Anarchy? — Frank
ADAM: This season’s major antagonist, Donal Logue’s former U.S. Marshal Lee Toric, proves how formidable he can be in the premiere when he attempts to turn an incarcerated Clay against the club. (Unfortunately for Jax & Co., Clay finds Toric’s offer to be plenty tempting.) Meanwhile, Tara will take a very “hands-on,” do-it-yourself approach to surviving her time in the Big House. And if you think Tara being in jail is the biggest threat to her relationship with Jax, think again.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: It’s awesome to see Sookie take control of her destiny on True Blood, but it’s even better to see her not take sh– from anyone, especially Billith.
Adam’s Mini Rant: I know Grace Gummer is cute and all, but does The Newsroom really expect us to believe Jim would give her his long-sought-after interview with Romney?
ADAM: Given that Ziva was one of three agents who resigned to protect Gibbs, it actually won’t be that far-fetched. The season will open with a two-parter that features Colin Hanks returning to threaten Gibbs, prompting a team reunion. “Ziva is out in the ether and Tony has to go off and find her,” executive producer Gary Glasbgerg says. “The second episode is really all about Tony and Ziva, and, I hope, delivers all the things the Tiva fans are going to want.” Adds Michael Weatherly: “The will they/won’t they is answered. Tony’s going to be forced to face this Sword of Damocles that’s been hanging over him since Season 3.” That’s Greek for “they’re totally gonna do it,” right?
Who are the two villains coming to Arrow this season? —Casey
NATALIE: With Isabel Rochev, Sebastian Blood and Bronze Tiger being introduced — and Deadshot and Slade Wilson returning — the possibilities are endless! “Our two Big Bads of the year, we know what their endgame and master plan is,” executive producer Marc Guggenheim says. “[They'll both] feel like they’re acting from a righteous place. They will cross paths, and there’s a Venn diagram in terms of their goals and in the diagram, there is overlap.” Who do you put your money on?
What is coming up for Kalinda this season on The Good Wife? — Marie
ADAM: Kalinda’s professional life will be strained when the truth comes out about Alicia and Cary’s new venture. “Kalinda feels a little betrayed that she didn’t know Alicia was leaving. There’s a real tension there about the fact that Kalinda feels a little bit abandoned,” executive producer Robert King says. She’ll comfort herself in the arms of Juliet Rylance, who comes on to play a new love interest. “What we love is the idea that someone tries to pull Kalinda out of herself in a way,” King says. Does that mean Kalinda will be outed?
How will Tyreese fit into the group on The Walking Dead this year? —Eric
NATALIE: Even though Tyreese has put himself on the line to help Rick & Co. before, we’ll see that he’s more of a gentle giant this year as he struggles with staying alive in the apocalypse. “You’ll have an opportunity to witness this man wrestle with the rules of engagement around him and where he fits in that world and his own inner [demons],” Chad Coleman says. “To me, it feels like a firm belief in non-violent conflict resolution, but how does that fit in a claustrophobic world? I believe you’ll see him tested and no one goes unscathed.”
What can you tell me about the new season of Homeland? — Justin
ADAM: Don’t expect the crazy roller coaster you got at the beginning of Season 2. Instead, Season 3 is a measured exploration of the aftereffects of the Langley attack on Carrie, Saul and the Brody family. It’s fair to say that they’ll all be unnerved — in different ways. Saul will have to choose between Carrie and the CIA, which is heartbreaking, and Dana will take drastic action that will reveal a new side of her character — literally and figuratively.
How will they rescue Henry on Once Upon a Time? —Jennie
NATALIE: Snow White and Prince Charming will find themselves trying to set a good and noble example for their daughter Emma when they head to Neverland, lest she turn to other means to get Henry back. “If the Queen’s got a better way to get Henry that may break the law, so be it. It’s prison rules,” says executive producer Adam Horowitz. That will be difficult for Snow, who is still struggling with her blackened heart. “This year, it’s about finding the hope,” he adds. “It’s the hope that Snow White always brought to us. She’s the light. I think she’s going to see a lot of darkness and realize that the best thing she can do is return the light to not just her, but to get daughter and her husband.”
What is coming up with Joel and Julia on Parenthood this season? Should I be worried for them? — Emily
ADAM: It certainly doesn’t help that Joel and Julia will each become close with a member of the opposite sex (new guest stars Sonya Walger and David Denman, respectively). But there are deeper issues for the couple. Joel is on the top of the world professionally, while Julia is going the exact opposite direction. “She’s really trying the stay-at-home thing, but she’s… struggling with her own identity,” Erika Christensen says. “[We] see her find some solace somewhere, and it looks like it’s going to happen in a way that’s also painful. She makes a male friend and that’s awkward and can put a strain on a relationship.”
Why isn’t Penny going on the girls’ trip on The Big Bang Theory?! —Kate
NATALIE: Don’t feel sad that Penny won’t be joining Amy and Bernadette on their road trip, which will end with the duo both bonding and wanting to kill each other. “She’s at home with Sheldon missing Leonard and they’re off at this science conference,” executive producer Steve Molaro says. But Penny will find herself bonding with Sheldon, who, try as he might not to openly admit that he misses Leonard, he definitely struggles with his roomie and best friend being MIA.
I’m excited for The Mentalist‘s new season. How soon will Jane and Lisbon catch Red John? — Gina
ADAM: Creator Bruno Heller confirms that viewers will know the true identity by the end of this calendar year. (November sweeps, anyone?) That means the early part of the season will be a highly serialized chase to narrow down the seven suspects. “We’re not bumping off the suspects one by one,” he says. “Some will meet an unhappy end, others will live to the denouement.” But whether or not the real Red John ultimately lives to see another day will be a point of much debate between Jane and Lisbon. “All these years, Jane’s always said, ‘I’m going to kill that bastard,'” Heller says. “Lisbon’s always said, ‘I understand you want to do that, but I am the law.’ Now that issue is not a theoretical one, it’s a real one.”
Any scoop on Matt and Rebekah on The Vampire Diaries or The Originals? I heart them together! —Maggie
NATALIE: While we won’t rule out the opportunity for crossover episodes, Claire Holt seems pretty sure that the two are dunzo for now. “In the last episode, Matt told her, ‘I have to keep my life vampire-free,’ so she knew going into it that they would have a little fun, travel the world together and now she’s ready to move on and take down more men in New Orleans,” Holt says.
How will Casey continue to deal with Hallie’s death when Chicago Fire returns? — Tony
ADAM: “He goes away on a sabbatical; he takes a little time out,” Jesse Spencer tells us. “But he’s going to come back with a new lease on life.” Although there won’t be a new love interest in Casey’s life, he will open himself up to new people in a slightly surprising way. “He becomes a family man,” Spencer says. “He’s able to give something back to some kids. It’s going to be an emotionally healing experience. The kids are going to help him, and it’ll be a complicated, but nice, recovery.”
Got any scoop on Dexter? — Rick
NATALIE: It could just be me, but I’m starting to worry that Harrison may end up killing Jaime. That’s right, Dexter’s son seems to be on the path to getting into the family business, so to speak. Sure, he’s only 4, but he was — like Dexter — born in a pool of blood, so to speak. Meanwhile, that promo that shows what appears to be Dexter being caught is a little misleading. Nevertheless, Dexter will take a risk that could get him caught.
Adam’s Mega Rave: It’s weird that Brody won’t appear in the early episodes of the new season of Homeland, but I applaud the decision if it means we get to see more of Mandy Patinkin’s amazing, heartbreaking work.
Natalie’s Mini Rant: Nora’s death scene, where she melted a la Raiders of the Lost Ark, was worse than when Bill turned Lorena’s head around during sex. Grody to the max, True Blood!
I’m so excited for a Bones wedding! Got any other scoop about the new season? — Melanie
ADAM: When the new season begins, Brennan is still noticeably devastated that Booth, under the duress of Pelant, called off the engagement. “Booth is not someone who sits well with unhappiness,” creator Hart Hanson says. “He wants to fix things and that’s what he’s trying to do. His desire [is] to kill Pelant.” So will he? “He’s not usually like that; he’s not a killer. But… Caroline and Sweets are very concerned,” he teases.
Will we get a definitive explanation of the Home Office on Once Upon a Time? — Pedro
NATALIE: Yes, in the season premiere. “As we stated in the finale, Greg and Tamara don’t know that they’re working for Peter Pan,” executive producer Adam Horowitz says. “So the Home Office is related to Pan, but that’ll be cleared up pretty quickly.” Oh, and it may have appeared that Ariel was in Storybrooke in that Comic-Con teaser, but the producers say that she’ll actually be in Neverland.
So, how much of How I Met Your Mother‘s final season will be about Ted and Robin’s feelings for each other? — Jason
ADAM: The season premiere, which is titled “The Locket,” will almost certainly examine that poignant hand-holding that occurred between Robin and Ted in last season’s penultimate episode. But don’t expect it to be neatly resolved in that one episode. “It’s a story that will be explored quite a lot and in-depth,” executive producer Pamela Fryman says. How will Barney feel about all this “exploration”? Well, the third episode is titled “The Broken Code.” Infer what you will.
Do you know when The Vampire Diaries will pick up this season? — Jeanine
NATALIE: “We’re coming back three months later, so we’ll touch base on what the characters have been doing all summer,” says executive producer Caroline Dries. “We realize that poor Stefan has been drowning, dying and coming back to life. But everyone else has been having a totally fun time. Elena and Damon are a super-sexy couple and happy for once. Caroline is ready to start school. Nobody knows that Bonnie is dead, so it’s bliss, but then there’s Stefan just dying.” Just a typical summer vacation!
I’d like some Castle scoop, please. Especially something about Lanie and Esposito! — Cindy
ADAM: Tamala Jones’ promised more “Esplanie,” this season, and creator Andrew W. Marlowe seems happy to oblige. But don’t get your hopes up for some grand romance. In fact, we’ll probably just figure out why they’re apart. “There was a scene cut from their break-up because of some time issues that I think leaves a little lack of clarity in terms of what happened and where they are,” Marlowe says. “I think we owe it to the fans to give them an explanation of what’s going on in their relationship.”
Wow, how can Deb and Dexter come back from her trying to kill him? — Jeremy
NATALIE: Dexter‘s dysfunctional family will take part in a therapy session with Vogel to work through their issues, but consider the car accident Deb’s rock-bottom. “She’s seen that Harry has killed himself when he realized what he taught Dexter to do; he couldn’t live with himself. So she feels she’s aided and abetted him,” executive producer Sara Colleton says. “At first she thinks she’s going to kill herself, but then she realizes that it’s an impulsive thing in the moment that she does.” But the siblings may come together when Vogel’s life is threatened.
Is it too early to ask about scoop on The Following? — Rachael
ADAM: Nope! The show has begun casting for some new cast members, including a villain with multiple personalities. One minute he’s cool and cocky, the next he’s a sensitive, bookish type — but at all times he’s deadly. Also joining the cast is Ryan’s niece, a twentysomething tech expert for the NYPD who is trying to bring what’s left of the Hardy family together. Now that we know that Joe Carroll is still out there, something tells us that that’s a terrible idea.
Has Rick regained his sanity on The Walking Dead? — Lila
NATALIE: Yes, we’ll see him maintain said sanity by taking less of a leadership role this season. “It’s not so much Ricktatorship-y,” new showrunner Scott Gimple says. In fact, Rick will return to his roots as an investigator. “It’s a man trying to reclaim the man he once was,” Andrew Lincoln says. “We find him battling or trying to subdue the brutality that’s inherent in this man and also maybe relinquishing responsibilities for leadership for the sake of his family. You’re seeing a man try to be a single dad in an apocalypse. It’s a challenge.”
I’m liking this Genoa story on The Newsroom. What’s coming up? — Kyle
ADAM: Although newcomer Jerry Dantana is convinced that his story is real, he’ll continue to butt heads with skeptical higher-ups at ACN. But that doesn’t necessarily make him a bad guy. “Jerry’s not a black hat,” executive producer Alan Poul says. “He just happens to be ambitious. He’s driven by incredibly human motives, but [he's] vulnerable to the kind of temptations and pressures that landing a big story like this would present to him in terms of furthering his own career. … It’s just too juicy to walk away from.” Fortunately for Jerry, in Sunday’s episode, the team receives a piece of intel that even the biggest skeptic can’t ignore.
Got any scoop on Parks and Recreation? — Mallory
NATALIE: Yes, Diane is pregnant, but she might not be the only one! “I definitely think there’s a very good chance that someone else will be pregnant on the show eventually,” executive producer Mike Schur says. “Obviously Ann and Chris are actively trying, so that’s certainly a possibility for them. Leslie and Ben are very happily married and they’re definitely thinking about it based on last year, where they explicitly said they should talk about their family. Andy and April are also happily married.”
I like Ray Donovan, but just what is the big secret between Ray, Ezra and Mickey? — Ben
ADAM: You’ll get a few more answers in Sunday’s episode when Mickey drops by Ezra’s house unannounced. Surprisingly, the meeting isn’t as hostile as you might imagine, partly because of Ezra’s crumbling mental state. But that’s not the episode’s only revelation: Elsewhere, Ray gets some clues about why the police aren’t pursuing the priest who Mickey murdered and Terry learns some devastating news about his nurse/girlfriend — just as he’s starting to fall for her.
So shocked by Terry’s death. Is there a chance that we could see him again on True Blood? — Jenna
NATALIE: Terry is definitely dead, but a bloodsucking little birdie told me that Todd Lowe will pop up in a flashback later this season.
Natalie’s Mega Rave: Last year, Once Upon a Time wowed the Comic-Con crowd when it announced the impending arrival of Captain Hook. This year, a teaser promised Ariel from The Little Mermaid! Our casting picks: Felicia Day, Molly Quinn, or Joanna Garcia-Swisher. You’re welcome.
Adam’s Mini Rant: Thanks, Bryan Cranston, for wearing the creepiest disguise since The Following‘s Edgar Allan Poe masks. As if Breaking Bad‘s Heisenberg didn’t already haunt my dreams.